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Newly Admitted Students

Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to the College of Biological Sciences!

On behalf of our faculty, staff and students, welcome to the College of Biological Sciences (CBS) at UC Davis. We are excited to have you join our college and want to make every effort to facilitate your transition to the university and to ensure your success as a student.

Questions about Aggie Advising?

Contact the Biology Academic Success Center

Phone: (530) 752-0410


Many opportunities are available that will allow you to enrich your academic career here. Your involvement in those opportunities and willingness to engage full in the Aggie Orientation Experience are critical factors in determining your success at the university. The Biology Academic Success Center (BASC) is your one-stop-shop for all of your advising needs during your time as a CBS student. Make sure to stay connected with the BASC throughout your Aggie Orientation Experience, check back regularly for updates, and be on the look out for updates and communication from CBS.

Below you will find information that you will need to prepare for Aggie Advising, registering for courses, and Orientation week. Please take a moment to click through each of the following sections!

  • Preparing for Aggie Advising
  • 1. Complete Aggie 101

    Check your My Admissions Checklist for a link to complete Aggie 101, your online learning modules that share all of the details you will need to be successful as an incoming student and the next steps in your Aggie Orientation experience.

    2. Watch a series of videos for “Finding Your Way in Your First Year and Beyond” 

    Please be sure to watch the following videos prior to Aggie Advising

         • Finding Your Way in Your First Year and Beyond

         • Navigating the BASC Website

         • Creating a First Quarter Plan  

    Please be sure to watch the following videos prior to Registration:

         • Understanding Schedule Builder & Registration Periods 

        •  Understanding AP Credit and IB Credit


    For more information on additional resources and tools please continue to visit the playlist throughout the summer.

    3. Complete Course Placement, as needed.
    Writing Placement
             • Curious if you have already completed the entry-level writing requirement (ELWR)? Review "Fulfilling ELWR Before UC Davis" 
    Chemistry Placement 
            • CBS students must complete between May 10th-17th
    Math Placement 
            • CBS student must complete between May 10th-17th 

    4. Complete Pre-Aggie Advising Questionnaire found in the Forms and Petitions tab of OASIS
    To access the form in OASIS:

    a. Log into your OASIS portal
    b. Click Forms & Petitions
    c. Select Submit a new form
    d. Select "Aggie Advising Prep Questionnaire" and follow the instructions
    This form will help you and your advisor prepare for your advising appointment. Please answer all questions that pertain to you.

    5. Schedule your Aggie Advising Appointment
    First Year Student Appointment Window:
    May 24th-August 6th
    Transfer Student Appointment Window: July 6th-August 13th
    How to Schedule Your Aggie Advising Appointment

    Aggie Advising is one part of the UC Davis Orientation experience. For more information about the orientation fee and financial assistance, click here.

    6. Prepare Questions for your BASC advisor as it relates to your first quarter schedule
    We are eager to partner with you throughout your undergraduate experience! Aggie Advising 20 minute appointments will strictly focus on first quarter course planning and helpful campus resources. Aggie Advising appointments will not cover long-range planning topics. Future advising appointments during your first quarter and beyond can focus on topics such as creating a two- or four-year plan, questions about minors or adding a second major, global learning and research opportunities, career exploration and graduate school preparation
  • Course Planning
  • You will want to balance your schedule – for your first quarter, this will consist of two major (STEM) courses, at the most, and one to two additional non-science courses. We do not advise that you start with more than two major (STEM) courses. 

    The two major (STEM) courses can be chosen from: Chemistry (WLD 41C, CHE 2A, or CHE 2AH), Mathematics (pre-17A, MAT 12, 17A or 21A) and Introductory Biology (BIS 2B).  It is not recommended to take all three major courses together, during your first quarter.

    A non-science course can be a general education (GE) class, a freshman seminar (FRS), or a physical education (PHE) class, for example. 

    Having a balanced schedule will allow you to adjust and transition successfully to being a student at UC Davis.

  • Preparing for Registration
  • You will receive updates throughout the summer from BASC advising and UCD offices. Take your time to read through each communication for relevant registration information.

    Students register for courses during Pass One, Pass Two, and Open Registration Times. Please check Schedule Builder to see your assigned Pass times.
    CBS First Year and Transfer Registration Pass One Dates
                    -CBS First Year Students: August 9 – August 11
                    -All Transfer Students: August 16 – August 18

    Continue to adjust your schedule as needed during additional registration windows such as Open Registration and Pass Two. For more information about all registration times, review the new student registration calendar, or visit The Office of the University Registrar website.

    Please note, the university works with academic colleges to reserve open seats for each registration window. Incoming students with an earlier assigned registration time are not advantaged in course registration over students with a later assigned time.

  • Registration Support
  • Register for your first quarter during your assigned Pass 1 time. If needed, registration support will be available!

    For technical issues, IT support is available at

    For course registration related questions, please utilize one or more of the following:
                 1. Review Registration Support FAQ
                 2. Access BASC Advising Team during Registration Support

    Registration Support Session Description: BASC advisors will be available during your Pass 1 registration window to answer questions related to fall quarter scheduling and registration. To better serve your registration support needs, we ask that you keep your questions focused. During registration support, advisors will not answer questions beyond the scope of fall quarter registration. For complex questions, you can email your BASC Advisor, the person you met with for Aggie Advising.                                                                                                                                          

    Email communication with additional instructions to connect with BASC Advising Team will be sent to all incoming first year and transfer students a week before registration begins.

    First Year Registration Support – Q&A Sessions via Zoom Webinar
    Pass 1 registration for first year students begins on Monday August 9th, at 8am (Pacific Time) Registration support will be available for first year students throughout the day as follows:        

    CBS First Year Student Q&A Sessions
    - Monday, August 9th, 8:30-11:30AM (Pacific Time)     
    - Monday, August 9th, 1-3PM (Pacific Time)        

    Transfer Student Registration Support – via Phone Call or Zoom Meeting
    Pass 1 registration for incoming transfer students begins on Monday August 16th. Transfer students will be assigned to register during one of the following options: 8am-12pm or 1-5pm (Pacific Time). Registration support for incoming transfer students will be available via phone call and Zoom as follows:

    CBS Transfer Student Registration Support
    - Monday, August 16th, 8:30-11:30AM (Pacific Time)
    - Monday, August 16th, 1:30-4:30PM (Pacific Time)                         

    After your assigned Pass 1 registration window, you can continue to work on your schedule as needed during open registration and your assigned Pass 2 registration window on Schedule Builder.


  • Join BioLaunch Mentor Collective!
  • Interested in having a CBS peer mentor your first year? Consider participating in a CBS mentoring program called BioLaunch Mentor Collective!

    >You will receive an email before the fall quarter with details about how to participate. Please follow those instructions to get involved.

    > Once you are registered, you will be asked to complete a survey asking about your background, interests, and what you are looking for in a mentor.

    >Based on your answers, you will be connected with a CBS junior or senior, who has volunteered to help you learn the ropes at UC Davis.
  • Aggie Orientation
  • CBS Orientation 2021 remote session recordings

    If you have questions concerning orientation week, please visit UC Davis Orientation for more information:

  • Doing Well Takes Time and Effort
  • Doing well takes time and effort. The UC Davis academic experience can be very different from your high school academic experience. It is recommended that you study 2-3 hours for every unit of coursework you are enrolled in per week. For example, a 13 unit courseload will equate to 26-39 hours of study, which does not include the time you spend in class.  To do well, you should plan to spend at least 40+ hours a week attending classes and studying, i.e., a full-time job!

Take note of Important Dates and Deadlines for your first quarter

If you are an international student please see our International Students page!